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by Lord Jim
19 Jun 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1588
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

As mentioned elsewhere, use the money from the FLSS and possibly the T-31e to allow the purchase of both manned and unmanned small craft and the conversion of one or more Bays to operate them effectively. I really think the CB-90 should be adopted as part of the RM's arsenal, there are few better pl...
by Lord Jim
19 Jun 2019, 22:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 133
Views: 9635
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

HAs anyone seen any info on a possible ship launched version of the Sea Venom, like we did for the Sea Skua?
by Lord Jim
19 Jun 2019, 22:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A full spec Mk110 would give a lot of capability and flexibility to the T-31e, above to act as a CIWS, anti surface, anti air and even fire support with the range of advanced ammunition types either in service or being developed, but it is an expensive system though. Installing three cell standalone...
by Lord Jim
19 Jun 2019, 22:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 269
Views: 14228
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

I agree we should bring the second Albion back into full service, even if only to operate as a trials vessels for different small craft and operating techniques. We have a very capable and flexible platform just sitting around doing nothing. I also agree with spending the T-31e budget elsewhere and ...
by Lord Jim
19 Jun 2019, 04:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1721
Views: 93932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Please can we have some of these pods to supplement those we already have.
by Lord Jim
18 Jun 2019, 19:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9601
Views: 361744
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But you are forgetting the deluge of export order the Government expect for the winner of the T-31e contest which will keep the vessel in production way past 2035. :lolno:
by Lord Jim
18 Jun 2019, 19:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 133
Views: 9635
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Has anything been heard regarding the interim replacement for the Harpoon for the Royal Navy? We could do with something being brought into service sooner rather than latter surely?
by Lord Jim
18 Jun 2019, 19:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 813
Views: 43338
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

As far as I am aware there is no planned version of the Javelin that will include a fibre optic link allowing a man in the loop operations. Should we be looking at supplementing or replacing our Javelins with a newer system? Something like the Spike LR2 or the new French weapon the MMP? Maybe we sho...
by Lord Jim
18 Jun 2019, 18:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)
Replies: 147
Views: 12377
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)

Maybe we should look again at this option and retain 6 to 8 of our C-130Js if we still have them. These could supplement the P-8s allowing the latter to concentrate more on the ASW aspect whist the former could possibly provide SAR cover given their AAR capability allowing them to cover a very large...
by Lord Jim
18 Jun 2019, 02:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1588
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

So maybe one of the Bays should be tasked with running a few trials, again beg borrow or steal various types of craft and see how they operate with the bay and start working out how one might employ a LSS and its assets. Once you have a good idea you can make the case for the purchase of the necessa...
by Lord Jim
17 Jun 2019, 16:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603938
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Damn she is a good looking ship.
by Lord Jim
17 Jun 2019, 16:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1588
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

Maybe we should just build a couple more Bays to a slightly modified design and call them the LSS?
by Lord Jim
17 Jun 2019, 16:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243238
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

As it is pretty obvious that we cannot restrict certain threads to news only as in the T-31e and T-26, and as these appear only in the Naval category, maybe we should make these simply thread to discuss specific platforms like happens in the Army category where both news and discussion takes place r...
by Lord Jim
17 Jun 2019, 12:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5893
Views: 243238
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The 3P ammo is very good but its use does involve having to use to more expensive versions of the respective 57mm and 40mm mounts. With every penny an endangered animal when it comes to the T-31e programme this may be a luxury that cannot be afforded. In addition whilst I can see the reason for want...
by Lord Jim
14 Jun 2019, 18:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 187
Views: 15407
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

IF the US Army thinks that possible peer opponents haven't taken note of the effectiveness of IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that platforms need to have the level of protection offered by the JLTV as against that of the overloaded Humvee, then they are headed for the US version of the "Snatc...
by Lord Jim
14 Jun 2019, 18:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3781
Views: 188081
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

The USN's going to start running into to issues with the FFG(X) programme if things keep going the way they are. The idea was for a proven design to be adapted to USN requirements, but as things move forward the designs are becoming less and less proven or established as the USN's requirements keep ...
by Lord Jim
14 Jun 2019, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603938
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Reads to me like another piece of F-35 bashing. Besides the F-35C isn't supposed to be the Fleets primary air defence fighter, and I am not sure but I do not think fighter sweeps are one of the primary day 1 or 2 mission profiles for the platform either. Also I thought the F-35 could "Super Cru...
by Lord Jim
12 Jun 2019, 04:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 298
Views: 24078
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Calm down, you realize you are actually preaching the converted on here. The issue is that until Politician begin to realize that if a high intensity conflict erupts where we are directly involved we will have to fight with what we have be it stocks of 5.56 ammo to Frigates and Destroyers. Unfortuna...
by Lord Jim
10 Jun 2019, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123454
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

True but it does have the fused ammo to compensate. Mind you a name has never had to bear any relation to the platform it applies to does it.
by Lord Jim
07 Jun 2019, 10:22
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 59688
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

And with that we return to the argument as to whether the British Army can actually afford to do both the Armoured Infantry Brigades and the Mechanised Brigades properly or end up with four Brigades equating to a Dog's dinner and not for for purpose. My personal view is that we should Concentrate on...
by Lord Jim
05 Jun 2019, 01:40
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 59688
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

As far as I am concerned you are preaching to the converted, but there are many who still believe tracks are essential in modern peer level warfare and that wheels still lack the cross country mobility.
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 20:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603938
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Westlant19 will feature several US port visits, including one to the Washington DC area.

And the local Police will be waiting.
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 20:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123454
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

NGS is over rated and I cannot see the RN committing one of its few T-45s to the role. Therefore the need to retain the Mk8 vanishes on this class so you might as well install a weapon that is of some use and the BAe 57mm fits the bill. If NGS was that important the RFI for the T-31e would have stip...
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 16:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43823
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

One wonders if it was by luck or design?
by Lord Jim
04 Jun 2019, 16:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2718
Views: 123454
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I can see an argument for installing a BAe 57mm on the T-31e with the associated ammo types, but also going for the 40mm is very difficult to justify. I would rather see the 57mm on the Rivers, especially if their roles are going to be expanded along the lines suggested here. Saying that I would als...

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